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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
immediately killed, while two, Haynie and
King escaped. The fifth, a Mr. Wilbarger,
brother of the historian, was scalped and left
for dead, but was found alive by a relief party
the following day and recovered. Mr. Christian
was evidently killed at the first attack,
was scalped, and his body otherwise mutilated.
During his lifetime he had sustained
an excellent character, had served his country
in the war of 1812, and was an active worker
in the Methodist Church.
The remainder of the family returned to
the Bastrop settlement the following year,
and located a twelve-mile tract north of Piney
creek, now owned by George Perkins. The
following year, 1835, the widow married Captain
James Burleson, a noted Indian fighter,
who survived but a few months. Hardly
had the family settled in their new home
when they were rudely removed by the his.toric
"runaway scrape " of 1836. Taking
shelter at Ft. Parker, on the Brazos, they remained
until the news of the successful termination
of the battle of San Jacinto reached
the fort, when they returned to Bastrop.
They found the town entirely destroyed.
Again they began life on their little farm,
but marauding bands of Mexicans and Indians
made it so unsafe that a fort was built
in the town, where all the families repaired
for safety. In 1837, their enemies becoming
more insolent and rapacious, it was thought
best to move, and again their homes were
abandoned, the colony taking refuge in the
settlements farther down the river, in old
Washington. After a year spent there, another
return was made, and, although the
Indians were very troublesome and necessitated
a constant watch, they succeeded in reinaining.
Mrs. Christian lived in Bastrop
until 1847, when she settled in the /rthern
part of the county, on the league now partly
occupied by the town of Elgin, where she
died in 1870. The family consisted of five
children, all of whom are now deceased but
Mrs. Reynolds and a half sister, Mrs. Charles
Brooks, of Georgetown, Texas.
Martha A. Christian was married near Bastrop,
January 21, 1847, to Sherman Reynolds,
a native of Fishkill, New York. He came to
Texas at the age of twenty-three years, landing
in Galveston in 1840. I]e remained there
one year, spent the following year near Austin,
and in 1843 became the first dry goods
merchant in the new town of La Grange.
In June, 1844, he came to Bastrop, where he
conducted a large and successful business
many years. His death occurred January
29, 1879. Mr. Reynolds was a man of progressive
mind and good business judgment,
and for several terms was the custodian of
the county funds, but cared little for public
office. As a coincidence in his life it may
be mentioned that his birth, marriage and
death occurred in the month of January, and
the old home in which he raised his children,
was also burned in that month. Mr. and
Mrs.. Reynolds were the parents of eight
children, namely: A. B., of Bastrop; Angevine,
who was drowned at the age of two
years; Hiram G., of Bastrop; John B., deceased;
Hattie, now Mrs. Frank Petty, of
Louisiana; Mary, wife of Don G. Petty, also
of that State; Libbie, wife of Will Paris, of
Haskell, Texas; and Adelia and Matt A., at
A. B. Reynolds, the eldest child, was born
in Bastrop, June 13, 1848, and was educated
at the Emory & Henry College, Virginia.
After completing his education in 1870, he
continued in business with his father in this
city until 1876. In that year he was elected
Tax Collector, held the office one year, followed
farming until 1884, and since that
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/716/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .